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This is one of my pet peeves...we wonder why teenage pregnancy is so high, rail against abortion, and do all kinds of other things that don't make a darn bit of sense. It is difficult to raise kiddos today. Other parents don't make it any easier...


I've been in the music business - actually, at the fringes of it - for the last 9 years or so, and I can honestly say that one of the things that disturbs me most is seeing parents pimping their children at music conferences. It's pretty ubiquitous, and I saw it most notably at the now-defunct Emerging Artists and Talent in Music conference - EAT'M - in Vegas, where it all seems so natural.

So you'll meet some blowsy-headed big busty pelvis of a girl in a push-up bra and read-my-lips tight jeans, with tanned expanses most of us only dream about (and we do, of course, yes we do). And the first words out of her mouth will be, "I write my own songs, but my manager helps me." And the first words out of her mother's mouth will be, "She's fifteen. But she's very mature for her age, and we've raised her with Christian values."

Most of them come out of Texas, in my experience. Coincidence, I'm sure. More of them every year. It makes a guy wilt.

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